2009. 11. 12.
The European Parliament is voting today on the issue of visa-liberalization for three states of the Western Balkans. After the Parliament's resolution, the decision of the Council of the end of November will grant free-visa travel to Serbia, Montenegro and to The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Kinga Gál, Member of the European Parliament of Fidesz-delegation emphasized in the plenary session that the granting of free-visa travel is not only a technical question, but evidently a political issue as well. Visa-liberalization is based on mutual confidence and mutual engagements.
Kinga Gál welcomed the proposal of the European Commission, the Report of the European Parliament and the joint declaration of the Council and the Parliament. In these documents the European Union assures other countries on the granting of free-visa travel, for example with Bosnia-Herzegovina and
"The joint declaration is highly important; as its adoption clearly suggests that the European institutions have finally realised and taken up their responsibilities regarding the development of the Western Balkans. It falls into the political responsibility of the
In her speech the Hungarian MEP laid emphasis on the importance of new opportunities for a more direct relationship for Hungarians living in
Božidar Djelić, Serbian vice-president of the government responsible for European integration, also met Kinga Gál and informed her on the developments concerning visa-liberalization and justice and home affairs. The Vojvodina Statute and the new legislation on national councils were also discussed during the meeting, both of which may play a highly relevant role in the life of the Hungarian minority.